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Etchingham Steam Band
United Kingdom

Years: 1974 - 1975
Styles: Country Rock, Folk Rock


Ashley Hutchings - Acoustic bass guitar, Tambourine, Vocals (in band: 1974 - 1975)


Shirley Collins - Vocals (in band: 1974 - 1975)
Ian Holder - Accordion (in band: 1974 - 1975)
Dave Mattacks - Snare drum (in band: 1974 - 1975)
Terry Potter - Harmonica (in band: 1974 - 1975)
Mel Dean - Concertina (in band: 1974 - 1975)
Will Duke - Concertina (in band: 1974 - 1975)
Vic Gammon - Accordion, Banjo, Concertina, Melodeon, Vocals (in band: 1974 - 1975)

Biography Picture

    During 1974 and 1975 Shirley Collins and Ashley Hutchings led a remarkable acoustic ensemble playing the traditional music of southern England, around the folk clubs and festivals of Britain. Twenty years later, this important historical collection draws upon a number of private live recordings

     Named after the village in Sussex where Ashley Hutchings and Shirley Collins were living, the Etchingham Steam Band was an all-acoustic project of Ashley Hutchings, put together in early 1974 and featuring Shirley Collins as vocalist (who had earlier contributed similar material to both No Roses and Morris On).

    Initially formed around the nucleus  of ShirleyAshley, Ian Holder and Terry Potter (with occasional contributions from Simon Nicol), it transmuted into a larger, more flexible operation around mid 1974 with, at various times, contributions from Will Duke, Mel Dean, Vic Gammon, Dave Mattacks, and even Peter Knight (according to Pete Frame's Rock Family Trees), plus Eddie Upton as dance caller. Eventually, a subset of the Etchinghams became the more “electric” Albion Dance Band in 1975, which included Dave Mattacks as more of a permanent drummer (shared with Fairport Convention duties), and brought Graeme Taylor (ex Gryphon) and John Tams (ex Muckram Wakes) into the Hutchings fold for the first time.



The Etchingham Steam Band (1995)

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